At first, I didn’t think I would use the “capture” function much in Ableton. But after using it a few times, I swear by it. It is so much easier to get ideas down fast, without having to push record or set a tempo. Capture does just that. It allows you to play without recording and automatically remember all the notes you play. In this video, I am going to show you the ins and outs of capturing MIDI. This way you can use it like a pro and get more musical ideas down faster.
Here are some pointers for using Capture
⚡️ It will Capture MIDI to all the tracks that are armed
⚡️ You don’t have to set a bpm or play to a click, Ableton will figure that out
⚡️ You don’t have to push record
⚡️ Push the square bracket in the top transport area to capture the notes you have been playing
⚡️ Ableton has an easier time setting the BPM and phrase if you end on beat one of the next bar, but don’t overthink it
⚡️ Note that Capture MIDI’s tempo detection will set the tempo in the 80-160 BPM range. If you consider the played material to be at a tempo outside this range, you can adjust the song tempo to your liking.
⚡️ It tries to detect the phrase but you can adjust the loop to include previous material
⚡️ If the transport is playing it won’t set the tempo but will capture into the set tempo
⚡️ You can capture MIDI in the arrangement or session window
I hope this can help you. Thanks for watching
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